Martial Arts-Yoga is a dynamic tool that reveals the underlying psychology of the practitioner. Wisdom develops quickly when people learn the meaning behind the movements, whether they are experienced or newbies at martial arts or yoga. Not just the physical component, this system also involves the spiritual component.
Yoga and Martial Arts
In yoga systems, the practitioners do asanas or body postures and breathing exercises while seated, especially in a lotus position. Martial arts consists of more standing, walking and physical activity. This activates the lower energy system or the lower chakras, which are important for practicality, physical strength and good health.
The difference between the yogis of India and the martial artists of China, Korea, Okinawa or the Philippines is the fact that these practitioners are always standing. They are always moving, including dynamic movement, which is a meditation in itself. T'ai chi is an example of this type of martial arts. It brings more balance of spiritual powers with material powers. It grounds ideas faster by activating the centres of energy responsible for manifestation, including the base of the spine and navel chakras.
Martial Arts-Yoga - a combination
Martial Arts-Yoga includes sitting postures, standing meditations and more advanced hand positions or mudras to circulate energy through the whole system and the energy bodies. Alchemised energy results from the mixture of divine light with the inner fires or kundalini. The circulation of power and energy – especially the alchemised circulation - flows more efficiently when practicing a standing posture because it involves the lower centres, including the legs.
What makes Martial Arts-Yoga dynamic are the systematic, sequenced designs of bio-mechanical movements synchronised with breathing techniques that maximise circulation and energise the whole body system. The result is tremendously powerful than normal martial arts or yoga alone. It's like combining the best Japanese martial arts style with the best of Tibetan, Nepalese and Indian yoga systems – all in one package.
Martial Arts-Yoga is divided into seven levels that integrate the development of greater physical acumen along with the development of life skills, higher virtues and values. Each level can be mastered in 3-6 months, depending on how disciplined the practitioner is.
Practitioners report that doing physical exercises and breathing practices daily, they are able to beat their fatigue and stress faster, including jet lag. They sleep better and their concentration improves. Many find practicing Martial Arts-Yoga twice weekly becomes a highlight of life rather than simply an exercise regime.
Hard and soft stlyes
Traditional martial arts practitioners specialise in hard or soft style. The gentle hearted may not be interested in martial arts designed to enhance fighting skills or self-defence. They often enjoy softer practices like T'ai chi for developing will-power and life skills through resilience, speed and adaptability. Hard styles like those found in Japan, Okinawa and Korea are also very popular.
Martial Arts-Yoga integrates hard fighting styles with softer techniques for a more complete system so its practitioners benefit from the best of both the styles.
One of the contributions especially of hard styles is development of will-power and constant focus. Children and adults with attention issues find their ability to focus improves after practicing martial arts. For adults who face ever increasing work loads, martial arts upgrades their energy and stamina as well as their focus so it is easier to meet complex challenges and deadlines.
- Martial Arts-Yoga is a powerful tool and hence precautions are important. People with back pain, herniated discs, joint replacements, heart diseases, high blood pressure, cancer or other serious conditions should consult their health care providers before starting.
- Pregnant women should not practise these techniques, especially in the third trimester because the energy boost could over-stimulate the baby and over-awaken the mother at the same time. However, after the baby is born, the increase in energy and vitality that result from Martial Arts-Yoga may be helpful in dealing with postpartum issues. It not only increases stamina, but makes it easier to lose weight and slim down after pregnancy, helping the new mothers regain their previous shape faster and increase their self esteem. There is also more energy to proactively manage their families, to cope with their babies and take steps for their families.
- For those who find it's hard to maintain a practical approach to life after practicing yoga, this multi-faceted practice becomes a dynamic meditation that increases awareness on physical, mental and spiritual levels while aligning the will, heart and creative intelligence.
Whether you are in business, managing a family or pursuing education, Martial Arts-Yoga enables you to align your spirit and purpose to make a world of difference, both materially and spiritually.
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